Virginia

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From Latin Virginia, feminine form of Virginius or Verginius, a Roman family name, possibly identical with Vergilius. The state was named for Elizabeth I as the Virgin Queen.

Map of US highlighting Virginia

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Virginia

  1. A state of the United States of America. Capital: Richmond. Largest city: Virginia Beach.
  2. (astronomy) Short for 50 Virginia, a main belt asteroid.
  3. A female given name.
    • 1380s-1390s, Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales: The Physician's Prologue and Tale
      "Daughter," quoth he, "Virginia by thy name, / There be two wayes, either death or shame, / That thou must suffer, - alas that I was bore!
    • 1840 Frederick Marryat, Poor Jack, Chapter III,
      Here, in due time, she was brought to bed of a daughter, whom she christened by the name of Virginia; not so much out of respect to her last mistress, who bore that name, as because she considered it peculiarly ladylike and genteel.
    • 1854 Lydia Howard Sigourney, The Western Home, and Other Poems, Parry & McMillan, 1854, page 87 ,
      O sweet Virginia Dare! / Thou art the lily of our love, / The forest's sylph-like queen, / The first-born bud from Saxon stem / That this New World hath seen!
    • 1956 Charlotte Armstrong, A Dram of Poison, Coward-McCann, pages 164-165:
      She said her name was Virginia Severson. It suited her. She looked very virginal, and clean, calm, cool in a Scandinavian sort of way.

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From virgō (maiden, virgin).

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Virginia f (genitive Virginiae); first declension

  1. A feminine praenomen.

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Virginia f

  1. Virginia (state)
  2. A female given name, cognate to English Virginia.

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